Saturday, February 23rd from London, England
Chris Eubank Jr./James DeGale
Chris Eubank Jr. lived up to his expectations and defeated former super middleweight champion James DeGale by unanimous decision. Eubanks (28-2, 21 KO’s) unloaded a combination to drop DeGale in the 2nd. and pounded DeGale repeatedly in the 10th round until he was down again for second knockdown. DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KO’s) a former Olympic gold medalists, hasn’t looked the same since the brutal draw with Badou Jack in which he suffered serious injuries. He said after the fight that he is considering retirement.
Eubank is now on the hunt for a title match in the super middleweight division. Fellow Brit and title holder Callum Smith would be the natural choice for a fight in the United Kingdom.
Saturday, February 23rd from Tijuana, Mexico
Humberto Soto/Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios
This bout featured two former lightweight champions past their prime but it was entertaining. Humberto Soto defeated Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios by unanimous decision. Both fighters came towards each other without giving ground for most of the fight, with Soto (69-9-2, 37 KO’s) beating Rios (35-5-1, 26 KO’s) to the punch the majority of the time.
Both fighters are in the twilight of their careers in which they will probably be a name on an up and comer’s resume or just simply retire.
Saturday, February 23rd from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Anthony Dirrell/ Avni Yildrim
Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KO’S) won the vacant WBC super-middleweight title with a technical split decision over Avni Yildirim. The ringside doctor stopped the fight in the 10th after Dirrell suffered a cut above his eye from an accidental headbutt. Two of the three judges had Dirrell ahead on their scorecards, giving him the title belt for the second time in his career. Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO’s) and his team was upset with the stoppage and will be seeking for an immediate rematch.
Aside from a Yildirim rematch, Dirrell has many options as a new titlist at super middleweight with Gilberto Ramirez, Callum Smith, and Caleb Plant as the other belt holders.
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